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 Friday, Dec 19 
December Certificate of Need Newsletter (Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services)
The December edition of the Kentucky Certificate of Need Newsletter.

 Thursday, Dec 18 
Barren-Metcalfe Ambulance Board directors vote to end plan (Glasgow Daily Times)
The Barren-Metcalfe County Ambulance Service board of directors voted Wednesday to discontinue the deferred compensation authority plan that has been previously covered within their insurance plan for employees.

 Thursday, Dec 18 
NLRB overturns standards for worker access to employer-provided email systems (AHA News)
The NLRB overturned its current standards for employee access to employer-provided email systems and other forms of electronic communications.

 Wednesday, Dec 17 
Competition for paramedics driving up wages (EMS1)
Services in Texas struggling to fill open paramedic positions; driving up overtime spending and making it difficult to put enough ambulances on the road.

 Wednesday, Dec 17 
SE Bullitt Fire Chief Julius Hatfield granted paid leave of absence during investigation (WDRB)
In a letter, Hatfield notes the ongoing investigation into his actions and the department and states: "My continued presence as acting Chief is no longer in the best interests of the department and has become a distraction from the important work we do."

 Wednesday, Dec 17 
Several firefighters injured after fire truck hits tree in Anderson County (WKYT)
Kentucky State Police are investigating an accident involving a fire truck in Anderson County.

 Wednesday, Dec 17 
EMT-Paramedic: Shelby County EMS, Shelbyville (Shelby) KY

 Wednesday, Dec 17 
EMT-Basic: Shelby County EMS, Shelbyville (Shelby) KY

 Tuesday, Dec 16 
Heart Associating looking for CPR success stories (KAPA)
The American Heart Association is looking for personal stories and known instances where individuals in their communities have been saved by bystander CPR.

 Tuesday, Dec 16 
Why medics need more than one EAP referral for PTSD (EMS1)
Lack of suitable mental health services is just the tip of the iceberg of what is not working in EMS.

 Tuesday, Dec 16 
Florida fire department abandons backboards (JEMS)
Palm Beach County Fire Rescue dropped rigid backboards for most patients.

 Monday, Dec 15 
Flight Paramedic: PHI Air Medical, Monticello (Wayne) KY

 Saturday, Dec 13 
40 years of Swift service: Reception for EMS director gives community a chance to say 'thanks' for his work (Glasgow Daily Times)
Reading the definitions of each, Tim Gibson said he was pretty sure that if anyone looked up those words in a dictionary, Michael T. Swift's name should be beside them.

 Friday, Dec 12 
Flu activity on the rise in Kentucky (WKYT)
The Kentucky Department for Public Health is recommending people take time to get a flu shot as increased influenza activity is reported in the state.

 Friday, Dec 12 
Man allegedly threatening medical staff with grenade launches school shut down (SurfKY)
Greenville Police responded to the Muhlenberg Medical Center in Powderly after a complaint of a man armed with a grenade at the center.

 Friday, Dec 12 
Fulton hospital's closing could hurt economy, health (Paducah Sun)
Parkway Regional Hospital, which employs about 192 people, announced this week that it will end its acute inpatient and emergency room services on March 31.

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Kentucky Legislative Session: The 2015 Kentucky Regular Legislative Session is a short session limited to 30 days that begins with Part 1 on January 6. A break is scheduled to begin January 10 and Part 2 convenes on February 3. Feb. 6 is the last day for new bill requests. Feb. 13 is the last day for new Senate bills and Feb. 17 is the last day for new House bills. The legislature will not meet during the Veto Period of March 10 through March 20. The final two days scheduled are March 23 through March 24. The schedule may change.
   Read How a Bill Becomes Law to learn how a bill goes through the Legislative process, including how it can be changed and passed without any public knowledge.
Bills of interest to EMS:
  • Controlled substances, penalties and protocols for deaths relating to - BR 332: Nov 20-Prefiled by the sponsor.
  • Controlled substances, penalties and protocols for deaths relating to - BR 59: Nov 20-Prefiled by the sponsor.
  • Controlled substances, penalties and protocols relating to - BR 303: Dec 12-Prefiled by the sponsor.
  • Controlled substances, penalties and protocols relating to - BR 333: Oct 31-Prefiled by the sponsor.
  • Controlled substances, penalties and protocols, relating to - BR 393: Dec 12-Prefiled by the sponsors.
  • Controlled substances, protocols relating to - BR 164: Oct 24-Prefiled by the sponsor.
  • Naloxone, prescribing, dispensing, and use of - BR 200: Dec 12-Prefiled by the sponsor.
  • Substance abuse, treatment of - BR 195: Sep 26-Prefiled by the sponsor.

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